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Presenter: Jeff Gilbert

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Online

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Day One, Wednesday, June 10, 2020
11:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT (incl. 15-min. break)

An Overview of Solar Photovoltaics (PV)

   Solar PV industry trends and stats
   The nature of PV (IV curves, temperature, irradiance and efficiency)
   PV project economics, cost trends and ownership models

PV System Predesign Considerations

   National and international standards for PV
   The National Electric Code (NEC)
   Certifications, training and qualifications (NABCEP, NETA, Safety, Master                    

PV System Design

   System performance modeling and modeling software
   Inverter topographies and capabilities
   Common system configurations (including series and parallel wiring)
   Solar array mounting methods and the pros and cons of each
   String sizing
   Methods of grid interconnection

Day Two, Thursday, June 11, 2020
11:00 am - 2:30 pm CDT (incl. 15-min. break)

Project Implementation

   Permitting and interconnection
   Utility interconnection agreements
   PV System grounding
   Construction and project management

System Commissioning (CX)

   PV Plant Commissioning Timeline
   Pre-energization testing
   Post-energization testing
   Performance verification
   Most common CX related failures

Operation and Maintenance (O&M)

   Performance monitoring
   Inspection checklists    
   Electrical testing and thermography
   Common and not-so-common maintenance issues

Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

     7.0 PDHs

     7.0 HSW CE Hours
     AIA 7.0 LU|HSW

     .7 CEUs (Energy)

Continuing Education Credit Information

See each course listing for the type and amount of each continuing education credit available. Individual courses for engineers and architects are not subject to pre-approval. HalfMoon Education does not apply for landscape courses in FL, NC, and NJ or land surveyor courses in FL, KS, NJ, TN and TX, unless expressly stated.

HalfMoon Education Certifying Entities:
   American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (No. J885) International Code Council (No. 1232)
   Landscape Architect Continuing Education System
   American Institute of Certified Planners (APA)
   Boards of Engineering: Florida (No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700),
      North Carolina (No. S-0130), and North Dakota.
   Course-by-Course Providers: Association of State Floodplain Managers

HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i) (2)). NY landscape architects: §79-1.5(i)(2).


Jeff Gilbert

Owner, President of Azimuth Solar LLC

Mr. Gilbert brings over 24 years of experience in the renewable energy industry and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He provides solar energy consulting, training and inspection services within the solar energy and real estate industries. Under Azimuth Solar, in 2018 Mr. Gilbert was contracted by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to write a report entitled Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Plant Commissioning Best Practices. From 2013 to 2016 he served as Director of Operations and Maintenance (O&M) for Vigilant Energy Management, overseeing a portfolio of over 100 commercial PV systems. In 2000 Mr. Gilbert co-founded Chesapeake Solar, a leading mid-Atlantic solar energy company. In 2008 his company was listed on Inc. Magazine’s 500 fastest-growing small companies, and later that same year the company was acquired by groSolar, one of the nation’s leading solar energy companies at the time. He served on the board of directors for the local chapter of the Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA) and was Chair of the Potomac Region Solar Energy Association (PRSEA) for four years starting in 1998. Mr. Gilbert has been certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) for both thermal and photovoltaic systems.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $199.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Important Ingredients for a Successful Solar PV Project: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines the technology and theory of solar photovoltaic systems, system predesign and installation considerations, applicable codes and compliance, system design, project implementation, commissioning, and operation/maintenance.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to discuss basic principles of solar photovoltaic technology and convey solar PV economics, cost trends, and ownership models with potential project owners.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to reference and gain awareness of applicable code compliance standards, including those of the National Electrical Code regarding solar PV systems

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify and examine solar PV system configurations and array mounting systems and determine suitable roof system requirements.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss solar PV project implementation and the commissioning process that assures systems are properly designed, installed, tested and performing as specified.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Awareness of solar energy systems

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 04/13/2023

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.